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Thread: Austin Fire Exam, May 23rd 2012

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    Sweet! Good thing I have those military points Hooah!


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    Quote Originally Posted by psilentchild View Post
    What do you think you do wrong on the interview?
    Don't know if I necessarily did anything wrong. I finished just outside the 200s, I just have to do a better job standing out. There were 1500 smart applicants interviewing, some with a bonus 3 points that I didn't receive. It is such a quick interview and you get absolutely zero feedback from the panel. I think the process needs to be reviewed, but it is what it is and you just have to keep trying.
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    I wonder how many of us will be in the Fire Academy together...

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    I heard between 80 and 100.

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    They haven't announced yet because, from what I've read in the Statesman, they're still trying to get approval for hiring more people than last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dame803 View Post
    I wonder how many of us will be in the Fire Academy together...
    last year they took the top 120 after the interviews

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dame803 View Post
    I wonder how many of us will be in the Fire Academy together...
    Probably a few. We are the ones smart and determined enough to do the research, study and find forums that cover this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliciaaaaah View Post
    They haven't announced yet because, from what I've read in the Statesman, they're still trying to get approval for hiring more people than last year.
    I talked to someone that works for AFD and they are wanting to between 180 and 200 cadets!

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    I wish we could all make it! It would be pretty bad *** if we were all in the Academy together! Off subject, but I heard a bunch of people talking about how they didn't study or do anything to prepare...any of you hear anyone say anything like this?

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    I talked to quite a few people who said they did nothing to prepare for the test, some aren't even going to train for the CPAT. Those are the people who take this seriously and don't make it.

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    well sucks for them, I work out all the time so I hope I'm ready for it, I heard we shouldn't underestimate it...it kinda upsets me that they are willing to help train those with "smaller stature" prepare for the CPAT, but those of us who have more muscle mass are SOL.

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    They will need it more. Us big folks are use to hauling around a bunch of weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Matt View Post
    I talked to quite a few people who said they did nothing to prepare for the test, some aren't even going to train for the CPAT. Those are the people who take this seriously and don't make it.

    Well, I certainly studied for the test but perhaps they know they're prepared for the CPAT. That's the boat I'm in, having done it about 5 times now. I want to focus on the interview process as much as possible. Has anyone heard anything about the oral board this year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Matt View Post
    I talked to quite a few people who said they did nothing to prepare for the test, some aren't even going to train for the CPAT. Those are the people who take this seriously and don't make it.

    Well, I certainly studied for the test but perhaps they know they're prepared for the CPAT. That's the boat I'm in, having done it about 5 times now. I want to focus on the interview process as much as possible. Has anyone heard anything about the oral board this year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by psilentchild View Post
    They will need it more. Us big folks are use to hauling around a bunch of weight.
    But CPAT is all cardio and legs brother!

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    What I mean is someone that weighs 90pds is going to have a harder time on the stair master with a 75pd vest than a person that weighs 200pds, and will have a harder time with rescue randy. It's like if you weigh 200pds and you see 2 firefighters coming your way. One that ways 90pds 5 foot even and the other that is 6'6 250pd. Who do you think will have an easier time dragging you out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by psilentchild View Post
    What I mean is someone that weighs 90pds is going to have a harder time on the stair master with a 75pd vest than a person that weighs 200pds, and will have a harder time with rescue randy. It's like if you weigh 200pds and you see 2 firefighters coming your way. One that ways 90pds 5 foot even and the other that is 6'6 250pd. Who do you think will have an easier time dragging you out?
    You would think that, but it is more about your wind than strength. I'm doing wind sprints now to get ready. I would suggest everyone work on lung capacity and stamina.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Matt View Post
    You would think that, but it is more about your wind than strength. I'm doing wind sprints now to get ready. I would suggest everyone work on lung capacity and stamina.
    This.

    You hardly need strength to complete the cpat. Benching 300 isn't going to help you a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Matt View Post
    You would think that, but it is more about your wind than strength. I'm doing wind sprints now to get ready. I would suggest everyone work on lung capacity and stamina.
    I'm speaking from experience. What good is doing wind sprint if you can't drag rescue randy? What good is wind sprint if you can't handle the weight from the vest? I have seen several people come off the stair master and fall flat on their face cause their legs were gone. They didn't fall because they didn't run enough. They fell because they didn't have the leg strength. The best way to train for the CPAT is to get on a stair master or run up and down some stairs. I'm not saying don't do wind sprints. I'm saying do something to strengthen your legs.
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    I hope we all make it also. on another note I can't understand why people show up for a written test in their fire department uniform.

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